In addition to the safekeeping and securing of archival holdings, one of the Stasi Records Agency’s most important tasks is to provide people access to files that concern them.
Roland Jahn - The Federal Commissioner
On June 8, 1983, Roland Jahn was summoned to the housing authority of Jena. This was part of a Stasi plan, personally signed by Stasi Minister Erich Mielke, to have Jahn forcibly deported. Once inside Jahn was informed that he has been officially released from his East German citizenship. He was handcuffed and forced to leave his own country against his will. The Stasi locked him in the last rail car of a train that was not reopened until he arrived in West Germany.
Roland Jahn settled in West Berlin and maintained close contact with East German opposition groups.
On January 28, 2011 the German Bundestag voted him into the office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records with a large, cross-party majority. On March 14, 2011 he received the certificate of appointment from Bernd Neumann, federal state minister for cultural affairs and media, during an official ceremony in the German Historical Museum.
is the day, when the Stasi Records Act came into force. It forms the legal basis for the work of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR.read more
The Federal Commissioner is advised by an advisory board. The board consists of eight members elected by the German parliament (Deutsche Bundestag) and nine members chosen by the federal states (Länder) Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Members serve a five-year term.
Find out who the members of the Advisory Board are.